In Guyana, malaria is an issue in Regions 1, 7, 8, and 9, particularly among gold mining populations. In response, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), the Pan American Health Organization, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have introduced malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) to provide services in hard-to-reach areas.
During the Define phase, two research teams conducted qualitative research in Regions 7 and 8 to better understand care-seeking behaviors around malaria testing and treatment among miners. Eleven insights were developed from the initial findings, which were used to inform the Design & Test phase. The Design & Test phase was a highly iterative process that translated problems into solutions through idea generation and prioritization, prototyping, user testing with key audiences in context, learning, and improving.